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Itanagar, April 10 (IANS) The BJP on Wednesday released its ‘Sankalp Patra’ (manifesto) for the Arunachal Pradesh assembly elections promising 25,000 jobs for youths, new schemes for girls, women, farmers and state’s infrastructure development.

The ‘Sankalp Patra’, released by BJP President Jagat Prakash Nadda, committed that if elected to the government, the party would double the per capita income within the next 5 years, aiming to become the second largest economy with the highest per capita income amongst northeastern states by 2047.

Later Nadda said on the X: “This ‘Sankalp Patra’ will act as a catalyst in our ongoing efforts to elevate Arunachal Pradesh into a leading state by rapidly advancing infrastructure, connectivity, healthcare, and education.”

He said that under the guidance of PM Modi and the leadership of Chief Minister Pema Kandu, the party will carry out our DTH model of Development, Transparency and Harmony and ensure the dream of ‘Viksit Arunachal’ in sync with ‘Viksit Bharat’.

The BJP promised to augment the financial assistance under PM Kisan Yojana from Rs 6,000 to Rs 9,000 and to launch the ‘Arunachal Pradesh Agri-Infra Mission’ under Atma Nirbhar Yojana to ensure holistic agricultural infrastructure.

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The party, if elected to power, also announced to launch ‘Mithun and Yak Rearing Mission’ to preserve indigenous breeds and enhance the livelihoods of local communities.

For the girls and women, the saffron party assured to revamp the ‘Dulari Kanya Scheme’ to provide cumulative financial assistance of Rs 50,000 to every girl enrolling in graduation or professional courses and to provide LPG cylinders for Rs 400 to the beneficiaries of Pradhan Mantri Ujjwala Yojana.

Under the PM Mudra Yojana, the BJP committed to offering collateral-free low-interest loans up to Rs 10 Lakhs to young women entrepreneurs.

In line with the Arun Shri Mission, a corpus fund of Rs 1,000 crores would be launched to upgrade existing government schools and provide quality education to students, the ‘Sankalp Patra’ said adding that ‘Arunachal Pradesh Gati Shakti Master Plan’ would be initiated to boost multi-modal connectivity and integrated infrastructural development by implementing critical projects across roadways, railways and airways.

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The party also promised to work towards the holistic infrastructural development of the Tirap-Changlang-Longding (TCL) districts to ensure equitable development and a fleet of Suryodaya EV buses and EV charging stations would be introduced to ensure net zero emissions.

The BJP, if returned to power, assured to allocate Rs 1,000 crores towards ensuring healthcare for all by modernising the medical infrastructure and increasing the bed capacity in all Sub-Centres, PHCs, CHCs, and district hospitals.

Under Medicine from the Sky Initiative, the ruling party promised to connect over 500 remote villages using drones to deliver life-saving drugs, essential medical supplies and diagnostic samples.

The other key promises, announced in the ‘Sankalp Patra’ include the launch of revamped Seva Aapke Dwar 3.0, assigning one Jansevak Volunteer for every 100 households to guarantee efficient doorstep delivery of government services, establishing women-run Suryodaya Canteens to provide locally-made nutritious food, under the Pradhan Mantri Garib Kalyan Anna Yojana free rice grains would be provided to 8.5 lakh people every month.

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The BJP also promised to launch the ‘One Tribe-One Weave’ initiative to provide comprehensive support to artisans from the initial stages of product development to successful market entry.

The party pledged to organise the annual Arunachal Pradesh Cultural Mela, an exceptional celebration designed to uplift and showcase the rich cultural heritage of tribal communities in Arunachal.

The magnificent ‘Statue of Valour’ in a vibrant village would be constructed symbolising the bravery and resilience of the people of Arunachal Pradesh, the Sankalp Patra said.

Elections to the two Lok Sabha seats — Arunachal West and Arunachal East — and 50 of the 60 Assembly seats in Arunachal will be held on April 19.

The counting of votes for the Assembly elections will be done on June 2, while the results of the Lok Sabha elections will be announced on June 4.

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Thackeray levelled ‘baseless’ allegations against Dharavi project: Shiv Sena

Mumbai, July 20 (IANS) Shiv Sena leader Rahul Shewale on Saturday alleged that his former boss and Shiv Sena UBT Chief Uddhav Thackeray has levelled “baseless” charges regarding the Dharavi redevelopment project to get the donations for the party.

“Why did Uddhav Thackeray suddenly hold a press conference regarding the Dharavi redevelopment project and make baseless allegations? The decision to give a 350 square feet house to the Dharavikars after the redevelopment was taken by taking him into confidence,” he said.

He said that Uddhav Thackeray is also aware of the fact that a house larger than 350 square feet cannot be given in Dharavi considering all aspects of CRZ regulations and air traffic regulations.

“But still the unrealistic issue of 500 square feet house was brought up by the opponents just to create confusion among the people,” said Shewale who lost to the Shiv Sena nominee Anil Desai from the Mumbai South Central constituency in the recently concluded Lok Sabha elections.

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He said that the Dharavi redevelopment project, which has been pending for the past several years, has gained momentum during the MahaYuti government (grand alliance) led by Chief Minister Shri Eknathji Shinde.

“Now, only to block the project, unreasonable demands and allegations are being made by the opposition which has no concern for the welfare of the Dharavikars and is creating an atmosphere of confusion only to pursue their political interests,” alleged Shewale.

Shewale said that the Dharavi Redevelopment Project is an ambitious project of the state government and it is its responsibility to complete it.

“The government is working hard. The government will take into account the objections and sentiments of local Mumbaikars regarding the land provided in Vikhroli, Mulund, and Kurla in Mumbai for the Dharavi redevelopment project,” he said.

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No Kerala minister bothered to visit K’taka to oversee rescue operations: BJP

Thiruvananthapuram, July 20 (IANS) Kerala BJP on Saturday lashed out at the state ministers, saying that none among them bothered to visit Karnataka where one of the state’s lorry drivers still remains trapped under the landslide.

“All of us heard the noise created by the Kerala cabinet when a state minister was not given permission to travel to Kuwait following a fire incident. It has now been a few days since the landslide occurred in Karnataka and despite the affected area just across the border, not a single minister has bothered to visit the area and supervise the rescue operations,” said state BJP president K. Surendran.

A landslide occurred in Karnataka’s Shirur in which one of the lorry drivers from Kerala, Arjun, still remains stuck after a few days. At least 15 people are feared trapped under the debris.

Arjun’s family members have also written to Prime Minister Narendra Modi complaining that there was a delay in launching the rescue operations.

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“We wish the PM sends an army team so that the rescue takes place faster,” said the wife of Arjun.

Karnataka Chief Minister Siddaramaiah will visit Karnataka on Sunday while all the top leaders of Kerala are in regular touch with their counterparts in Karnataka.

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JP Nadda assures chemical industry of govt support to spur growth

New Delhi, July 20 (IANS) Union Minister for Chemicals and Fertilizers J.P. Nadda on Saturday assured industry representatives that the government will come up with policy interventions required to strengthen the chemicals sector.

Launching the 13th edition of India Chem with the theme “Advantage Bharat: Indian Chemicals and Petrochemicals Paving the Future” here, the Union Minister said that this sector is a top priority for the government.

J.P. Nadda said that the government has initiated numerous structural reforms to support industrial development in general, and to strengthen the chemicals sector in particular.

He said: “The Ministry will initiate policy measures to achieve the outcomes that will come out of the deliberation that will take place at the 13th edition of India Chem in Mumbai during October 17-19 this year.

He said the theme of India Chem 2024 conference aligns well with Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s vision of making India a $5 trillion economy by 2025.

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J.P. Nadda expressed hope that “with focus on import, research and development and manpower training, this sector will contribute its share in realising the dream of Viksit Bharat by 2047”.

Addressing the gathering, Minister of State for Chemicals and Fertlisers, Anupriya Patel, said that the chemical and petrochemical sector plays a crucial role in the economic development of key sectors such as automotive, construction, electronics, healthcare, textiles, and FMCGs.

She said: “India is the second-largest exporter of chemical dyes and dyestuff as well as agrochemicals in the world. It also contributes about 3 per cent of global chemical sales.”

Since its beginning, India Chem has contributed to the growth of the sector by bringing more investment, Anupriya Patel said.

“With a clear focus on investment-friendly reforms, the removal of policy bottlenecks is a top priority for the government,” the Minister added.

She urged all the participants to make the best use of the opportunity to learn, network, and explore new possibilities.

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India Chem 2024, the flagship event of the Department, is one of the largest composite events of the industry in the Asia-Pacific comprising an International Exhibition and Conference.

The India Chem exhibition aims to showcase the huge potential of the Indian chemical industry as well as its different industry segments (including chemicals, petrochemicals, agrochemicals etc.,) and to provide a platform for groundbreaking discussions, visionary ideas, and strategic collaborations among industry representatives.

The Indian chemical industry is currently valued at $220 billion and is expected to reach $300 billion by 2030 and $1 trillion by 2040.

This industry remains an active hub of opportunities, even in an environment of global uncertainty.

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Patna, July 20 (IANS) A nurse of a private hospital has been allegedly kidnapped by four to five individuals in Bihar’s Begusarai district.

The kidnappers have informed the victim’s family about the abduction. However, police said that the incident might be related to a love affair.

According to the victim’s mother, she saw the kidnappers in a Baleno car while her brother identified the kidnappers as residents of the Matihani block.

“My daughter went to give fodder to the cattle when four to five persons came and forcibly kidnapped her. By the time I informed the other members of the family, they had sped away in a car,” the victim’s mother told police.

DSP Bhaskar Ranjan of Sadar-2 range Begusarai said that the preliminary investigation reveals that the matter could be a case of a love affair.

“However, we are investigating from all angles. We have identified one of the accused, named Rishikesh Kumar, who was seen with the victim in the past. The search operation is underway to trace the victim,” he said.

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Bengaluru, July 20 (IANS) The leader of the opposition in Karnataka Assembly, R. Ashoka, said on Saturday that the BJP’s goal is that Chief Minister Siddaramaiah should resign, the duped Dalit community members should get their money back, and the culprits in the tribal welfare board scam should be punished.

Addressing a press conference at the party headquarters here, Ashoka claimed the Congress government has made a clear decision to cover up the Karnataka Maharshi Valmiki Scheduled Tribes Development Corporation (KMVSTDC) scam.

“The mask of Chief Minister Siddaramaiah has fallen off, revealing how clean he really is. The CM is shifting the blame for the tribal welfare board scam to his officials.

“The CM has given himself a clean chit, and blamed his officials for all the mistakes. If the officials are at fault, what was the Chief Minister doing? If an official has made a mistake, why is he continuing in the same position,” Ashoka asked.

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The senior BJP leader also claimed that the state government has put people’s money in fraudulent accounts.

“Union Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman has no role in this. The bank officials wanted to hand over the probe to the CBI. But the state government handed it over to a Special Investigation Team (SIT) to cover up things.

“The CM is scared. I have provided over 40 records, but the CM has not made any clarification on them. Instead, he has blamed (MD of the ST corporation) J.G. Padmanabha for everything,” Ashoka said.

He added that if the ministers were not at fault, why did B. Nagendra resign?

“This means the CM abandoned him halfway. Nagendra and Basanagouda Daddal worked hard for the Lok Sabha elections, collected funds for the Congress, and sent them to Telangana,” the LoP claimed.

“We are ready to investigate all the 21 scam allegations levelled against the previous BJP government by the Chief Minister. Let him step down from his post, and give us the authority,” he added.

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